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Severe weather possible Thursday

Severe weather possible Thursday

Wind gusts, which could reach up to 31 miles per hour near the city, pose the highest threat, according to the forecast. Highs in the upper 70s this afternoon.

'This is a unsafe, vigorous storm, ' Jim Hayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in Maryland, said on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio tweeted a forecast model showing the brunt of the storms hitting Austin between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. - noting the actual time and intensity of the storm's arrival may change.

An active storm pattern continues across the southeastern USA, and once again, severe thunderstorms will be possible on Thursday.

By Friday, the storm system will move to the East Coast and the Southeast with severe thunderstorms expected from Florida to DE and heavy rain for the Northeast. This is why we must remain vigilant for strong to severe gusts in a few spots. We also could see some isolated reports of nuisance flooding of poorly drained roadways, and low lying flood prone areas.

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Even though thunderstorms in our region may not erupt to great heights (and lightning may be scant), downdrafts in those storms could periodically stir some of that wind momentum to the ground.

It is important to have ways to receive watches and warnings.

Flash flooding will most likely occur along Interstate 95 west, but all areas should be prepared.

New Orleans is under an enhanced risk of severe weather Thursday. That area is at "enhanced risk", the Storm Prediction Center said, referring to the third level of severity on a scale of five. This means there is a 30 percent chance of experiencing severe weather within 25 miles of any given point.